Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude: Judge Posner’s Blistering Concurrence in Arias v. Lynch (7th Cir. 2016)

posnerJudge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is perhaps the most-cited legal scholar of the twentieth century. His reputations for brilliance and for rudeness are both on display in his concurring opinion in Arias v. Lynch (7th Cir. 2016). Continue reading “Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude: Judge Posner’s Blistering Concurrence in Arias v. Lynch (7th Cir. 2016)”

Communist Party Membership Makes Some Ineligible for U.S. Green Card and Citizenship

NPCDid you think the Cold War was over? The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act still makes ineligible for permanent residence and citizenship certain persons who have been members of or affiliated with the Communist Party. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has some 80 million members, so this ground of ineligibility is a key issue for immigration lawyers representing Chinese clients.

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Issues for U.S. Expats Filing a Form I-130, Immigrant Petition for Alien Relative

ExpatHere’s a reader’s question:

I am a U.S. citizen and have been living outside the U.S. for almost four years for study. I got married a year ago and would like to apply for my husband to immigrate. My question is, can I apply for him while I am outside the U.S.? I have not finished my study, and it is hard for me to go back to the U.S. just to file the forms. Continue reading “Issues for U.S. Expats Filing a Form I-130, Immigrant Petition for Alien Relative”

Washington Man Convicted of Conspiring to Export Radiation-Hardened Semiconductors to China

The Associated Press reports that Lian Yang of Washington state has plead guilty in federal court to conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act. He allegedly tried to illegally export 300 radiation-hardened semiconductors used in military satellites. The government claims Yang intended to provide them to China Space Technology Co.’s space program or to design “China’s new generation of passenger jet.” Continue reading “Washington Man Convicted of Conspiring to Export Radiation-Hardened Semiconductors to China”

Blame the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Broad J-1 Exchange Visitor Skills List

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The U.S. Department of State has published an updated list of the types of skills that make a J-1 exchange visitor subject to the two-year foreign residence requirement. At the request of the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this list subjects almost all Chinese J-1 visa holders to the foreign residence requirement. Continue reading “Blame the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Broad J-1 Exchange Visitor Skills List”

Albert Einstein on U.S. Visa Policy

For all those engineers and scientists with peeves about Visas Mantis Security Advisory Opinions (SAOs) and other U.S. visa policies, here’s a blast from the past. Albert Einstein is the world’s most famous theoretical physicist. He entered the U.S. in 1933 and chose to settle here after the Nazi party came to power in his native Germany. He voiced his concerns about U.S. visa policy in the October 1952 edition of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Continue reading “Albert Einstein on U.S. Visa Policy”